On June 14, 2016, the California chapter of the America Civil Liberties Union officially endorsed the Adult Use Marijuana Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The endorsement comes quickly after a recent report released by the ACLU showing that from 2011-2014 nearly 70 percent of marijuana arrests involved people of color.
“The disastrous war on marijuana in California continues to ensnare thousands of people – particularly young people of color – in the criminal justice system every year,” said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, California ACLU criminal justice and drug policy director, in a statement. “It is time to move from prohibition to regulation.”
Although not officially qualified yet, AUMA is widely expected to qualify for the November ballot and has already been endorsed by number of other influential groups, including the California NAACP, California Medical Association and California Council of Land Trusts.